Importance of Fluoride

Fluoride is a natural mineral, it can be found in water (fresh and salt), rocks, soil, vegetables and grains. Though fluoride is found in the environment it’s not a sufficient amount to strengthen and protect teeth. For this reason, additional fluoride is added into the water supplies of many Australian towns and cities. Water fluoridation has been scientifically proven to be a safe and effective way to help protect teeth against tooth decay.

Fluoride plays a crucial role in combatting decay, strengthening the enamel of the teeth, re-mineralising weak spots and aids in desensitising teeth. Brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste is the more effective way to receive fluoride. When appropriate your dentist may suggest the use of fluoride supplements, gels and other dental products.

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